Wow…well, that’s the spirit. Honestly though, it didn’t really matter what the Magic ran tonight. Everything was going in. Orlando shot an unbelievable 55.7 percent from the field, while limiting New Orleans to 34.8 percent shooting. Shooting better than 20 percent than your opponent is a really, really good strategy for winning games, even when you commit 18 turnovers like the Magic did tonight. Orlando made a concerted effort in playing aggressive, getting to the line more often than their first two games . Much quicker ball movement as well.
Maurice Harkless set the tone early for the Magic. He attacked the hoop from the get-go, getting to the line 8 times, while also hitting his shots from three. Harkless scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half, which helped push the Magic out to an 18 point lead at half and never looked back from there.
Arron Afflalo went absolutely bonkers, putting up 30 points on 10 of 14 shooting. He wasn’t even taking great shots. Just aggressively pounding the rock, backing down his defender capped-off with a turnaround jumper from the elbow. Swish, didn’t matter. It got to a point in the third quarter where Afflalo started follow through posing after each corner three.
Victor Oladipo added 10 points, six assists, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks on the night. Kyle O’Quinn also chipped in with 14 points.